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Resolved: The United States Should Adopt a Merit-Based Immigration System

For too long the United States has had an outdated immigration system that is a hodge-podge of good intentions piled on top of each other over many years. It is time to reform immigration laws in order to best serve the country's interests in the modern world. Immigration should be based on merit. Many issues will be discussed during this debate including what other countries are doing, how to balance merit vs. compassion, and what criteria should govern immigration in a merit-based system.

On the other hand, the current U.S. system values the extended family as well as the technical, professional, and educational needs of the country. Our educational system has for a long time assured us ready access to the well-educated from around the world. Our country will not be well served if a strong smell of elitism undergirds our immigration policies. The issue is indeed what is best for the country.

These issues will be discussed in a formal debate centered on the resolution stated in the title.

This Osher debate is a popular program. Arguments and rebuttals will be followed by a question-and-answer period and a vote on the resolution. Join this stimulating discussion and share your points of view and opinions.

Moderator: Martha Kaplan, JD

Debate Leaders: Dick Dahlberg and Fred Parker will form two debating teams. Dick Dahlberg, PhD, is a retired nuclear physicist and scientist. He is a former President of Osher. Osher member Fred Parker is interested in American politics. He is the author of Cancer in American Democracy.

Course Number: OSHR-70067   Credit: 0 units

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